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October 2010 Volume 2

Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education
Condensed by Native Village

Hawaii: Hawaiian culture-based education presents teaching and learning in culturally relevant content, contexts, and assessments. It draws heavily upon ‘ohana (family), kaiāulu (community), and ‘ōlelo (Hawaiian language).

A study of Hawaii's private and public schools shows that students whose teachers use Hawaiian culture-based strategies have higher educational goals than students who don't.

For students who attend Hawaiian culturally based education classes:
71% of students prefer culturally based education compared to 54.3% of students who don't;
81.3% try hard at school compared to 74.4% who don't
like reading compared to 41.9% of students who don't;
52.2% spend at least an hour doing homework compared to 48.4% who don't;
63.2% like school projects involving family compared to 58.2% who don't;
77.6% use cultural skills learned at school at home compared to 40.8% who don't;
79.7% practice skills learned at home in school compared with 73.4% who don't;
87.9%  expect to graduate from college compared with 73.5% of students whose don't;
Students are more likely to say that can trust people at their school;
Students are more likely to say that teachers at their school go out of their way to help them;
Students have higher rates of cultural knowledge and practice, community attachment and giveback, school engagement, and positive self-concept.

The study is based on interviews with 600 teachers, 2.969 students, and 2,264 parents at 62 schools. These schools include public schools, charter schools, schools with Hawaiian-immersion programs, and the private Kamehameha Schools.

Read the study:
Photos: Kamehameha Schools

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